It’s Gonna Be Alright Palante Siempre Palante

This time of year I tend to congratulate myself about what I have managed to accomplish during the summer and soothe myself with gelato about the things on my to-do list that will have to be pushed back into Fall.  All of us who are doing important work – either as educators, artists, activists, students or volunteers – have more passion than money — more good ideas than time to execute them.  What’s the best way to surrender to this reality dishonoring our spirit?

At the Progressive Pupil office this summer, we’ve been listening to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright” on repeat.  This song, which has become the unofficial theme of #BlacklLivesMatter, is an affirmation that has long been passed down from grandmother to grandchild in African American communities.  In spite of all the challenges we who believe in freedom face, and the dark truths that must be confronted in doing this work with integrity, it’s gonna be alright.


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Caribbean Crossroads

caribbean crossroadsLatino and Caribbean art is largely ignored in most mainstream museums. El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem was founded in order to provide a venue that highlights these under-represented art forms. The curators of El Museo work to “collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the art and artifacts of Caribbean and Latin American cultures for posterity.” They also provide educational opportunities for the community, expand knowledge of Latino and Caribbean art forms, and foster interest and passion in young community members.

El Museo del Barrio, along with Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, is featuring an exhibit entitled Caribbean: Crossroads of the World.  Displaying 500 pieces of art from over 400 years, the exhibit takes the viewer on a three-museum exploration of “…the diverse and impactful cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora.” The exhibit touches on topics ranging from cultural hybridity to politics to pop culture. It is broken up into five sections based on theme, such as Shades of History – which discusses the history of race in the Caribbean – or Patriot Acts – which discusses creole culture and identity.